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What’s the difference between deep space and the deep sea? For a robot, the answer is: not much. Both environments are harsh and demanding, and, more importantly, both are far removed from the machine’s operator.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

A concept in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory would allow potential planetary missions to chase interesting clues in subsurface oceans.

Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

Tests conducted by Cornell and the U.S. Navy used new algorithms to outperform state-of-the-art programming for autonomous underwater sonar imaging, significantly improving the speed and accuracy for identifying objects such as explosive mines, sunken ships, airplane black boxes, pipelines, etc.

Cornell, US Navy raise bar for autonomous underwater imaging

An ROV camera is any visual imaging system that can be used on underwater ROVs to provide the operator with a perception of the operating environment. The depth rating for an ROV camera usually starts at 300m.

What is an ROV camera?

Is there life on Jupiter's moon Europa? An ocean suspected to be under miles of ice gives science hope. But how could it be reached and explored? Researchers at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center have been investigating this question since 2012 in the Europa Explorer project series.

On an icy mission: DFKI researchers test extraterrestrial under-ice navigation in northern Swedish National Park

In this episode, we talk about how AI is being leveraged for designing better batteries and training microswimmers.

Podcast: AI For Better Battery Design & Training Microrobots

Designed for use in the human body for everything from drug delivery to less-invasive biopsies, these tiny microrobots operate under the control of a deep-learning system trained with no modelling or prior environmental knowledge.

Bio-inspired deep reinforcement learning teaches these smart magnetic microbots to swim

Removing litter from oceans and seas is a costly and time-consuming process. As part of a European cooperative project, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is developing a robotic system that uses machine learning methods to locate and collect waste under water.

Robots collect underwater litter

Research could enable monitoring of our oceans or exploration of alien ocean worlds

Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy

Geographically and logistically, Antarctica is about as far away from anywhere as you can get on this planet. Yet in the scope of our solar system, Earth’s southernmost continent is right in our own backyard.

Schmidt: Exploring Earth's oceans to reach Europa

Thanks to their swimming robot modeled after a lamprey, EPFL scientists may have discovered why some vertebrates are able to retain their locomotor capabilities after a spinal cord lesion.

Swimming robot gives fresh insight into locomotion and neuroscience

Terrain-relative navigation helped Perseverance land – and Ingenuity fly – autonomously on Mars. Now it’s time to test a similar system while exploring another frontier.

Robotic Navigation Tech Will Explore the Deep Ocean

In the new DeeperSense project, an international consortium led by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is working on technologies that combine the strengths of visual and acoustic sensors with the help of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence To Optimize The Environmental Perception Of Underwater Robots

AquaJelly is an artificial autonomous jellyfish with an electric drive unit and an intelligent adaptive mechanism that emulates swarming behaviour.

Autonomous jellyfish with collective behaviour

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